Last summer, Milwaukee teens made national headlines for acts of violence and aggression at high profile public locations. This summer, youth organizers from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee want to promote to “peace in the streets” by encouraging their peers to resolve conflicts without violence and to not engage in negative, aggressive behavior through “Keep It Moving,” a dance competition. The event takes place on Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m. inside the Roger & Leona Fitzsimonds Boys & Girls Club located at 3400 W. North Ave.
“Keep It Moving” is the brainchild of MOVES (Make Our Victories Empowering Steps) Against Violence, a youth-led program of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. The event is made possible thanks to a proposal written by Club members and awarded by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a Safe Alternatives For Youth grant, which they received $2,500. “Keep It Moving” is also held in partnership with “Let’s Move,” an initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama to address childhood obesity.
For “Keep It Moving,” the dance teams will represent three Milwaukee Boys & Girls Clubs locations, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha and the youth-arm of organizations such as Christian Faith Fellowship Church, Tessa Black Entertainment Group, Tru Skool and Urban Underground. The top three dance teams will receive cash prizes. Before the competition begins, Club teens will lead a peace walk at 11:30 a.m. and erect a memorial wall for the community to add names of loved ones lost to violence.